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Trooper attacked, pulls gun after breaking up cheerleader fight

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Damien Jones Damien Jones
CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Harrisburg man was arrested for assaulting an off-duty state police trooper who was trying to break up a fight between two cheerleaders at a youth football game in Carlisle, police said.

North Middleton Township police said they charged 29-year-old Damien Jones with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct after he attacked the off-duty trooper at a game Sunday evening at Village Park.

Police said the trooper had identified himself to the cheerleaders and attempted to take one of them into custody when she refused to stop fighting.

Several people tried to pull the trooper away from the cheerleader and Jones, the girl's uncle, attacked the trooper and threw him to the ground, police said.

The trooper, identified as Scott Roussell, then took Jones into custody at gunpoint, according to North Middleton Township police chief Doug Reitz.

"Sometimes being a good witness can be the right action to take (for an off-duty officer), but in this case apparently you have someone being assaulted to the point where she's being stomped on the ground -- obviously there needs to be some type of intervention," Reitz said.

State police public information officer Trooper Adam Reed told abc27 his office has no reason to believe Roussell acted outside the scope of his duty.

"As any police officer can attest to, a situation involving a physical altercation can become even more dangerous when more people get involved," Reed said in a statement. "The trooper acted to protect both the victim being assaulted and himself as the situation escalated."

Jones was processed and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 23.

Reitz said charges are pending against a 13-year-old cheerleader from Swatara Township who allegedly initiated the fight.

 

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